Google acquires Bengaluru-based AI firm Halli Labs

Google Acquires Newborn Bengaluru Based AI Startup Halli Labs

Google Acquires Newborn Bengaluru Based AI Startup Halli Labs

"We will be joining Google's Next Billion Users team to help get more technology and information into more people's hands around the world", the team further said.

It's not clear exactly what Halli Labs is building, but when it came out of stealth in May it said it was using AI and machine learning to solve "old problems".

Details on what exactly Halli will be working on are light at the moment, but it's certainly assumable that the team will continue working on AI and ML technologies. Gupta's LinkedIn profile states that he has also previously worked with Stayzilla as the Chief Product Officer and Chief Technology Officer at different times.

Pankaj Gupta, an Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Stanford University alumnus, has earlier served as Chief Technology Officer of online homestay aggregator Stayzilla and as senior data scientist at Twitter. It's uncertain regardless of whether Halli Labs ("Halli" is a town in Kannada, the organization notes) was subsidized.

Some of the acquisitions by Google in AI include firms such deep learning and neural network startup DNNresearch from the computer science department at the University of Toronto in 2013; British company DeepMind Technologies in 2014 for $600 million; visual search startup Moodstock, and bot platform Api.ai a year ago. He was also part of the Data, product teams at Twitter for almost five years.

Vice President, Product Management of Google, Caesar Sengupta welcomed Pankaj and his team at Halli Labs to Google and looked forward to building some "cool stuff together". "We couldn't be more excited!" it added.

Organizations other than Google and its parent organization Alphabet that are getting AI ability through acquisitions incorporate Baidu, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Snap, among numerous others.

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